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Beyeler museum

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Renzo Piano
location Riehen
function museum
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The elongated building covers the whole breadth of the narrow plot of ground situated between a busy main road and a protected area of farmland. It combines two contrasting motifs: long, solid walls and a light, apparently floating glass roof. All the external walls are clad with red porphyry from Patagonia (Argentina). The building is supported by four 127 metre-long parallel load-bearing walls placed at intervals of about seven metres. The two end façades are made of glass and look out over the park. On the road side, the museum is completed by a windowless wall that protects the building and on the inside. A large glass roof lets daylight into the whole building. Unlike conventional top lighting, this roof allows the zenithal daylight to filter into the building’s interior in its natural state instead of homogenising it and making it diffuse and milky. There are also three systems with artificial light sources that illuminate the rooms when there is insufficient light from outside.

Joyce says:
Amazing building with brillant use of light!
I also brought a SWATCH designed by Renzo Piano in 1989, great design!! AWESOME!!!
hendrik says:
Not so impressive its design,but very suitable for museum. Simple, but full of light,enough space for big installation. For museum, the leading role is art, not architecture!
KYOTO, Japan 17-Aug-10
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Beyeler museum
Baselstrasse 101
Project is public!
Opening hours Museum daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. New: The museum is open on all sundays and holidays.
How to get there? The best way to reach the Fondation Beyeler is by tram no. 6 (from city center and Badischer Bahnhof station), or directly by train from Basel SBB main station and Badischer Bahnhof, getting off at Riehen (train continues to Zell / Germany). From Riehen stop it is another 5 to 10 minutes’ walk. The museum is located at the main road to the German boarder (to Lorrach)
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Completion 9- 2000
Floor area/size 4450 m2
ArchitectRenzo Piano
lighting designerArup
structural engineerArup
Client Fondation Beyeler
Project ID 882
Latitude/Longitude 47°35'19N 07°39'07E
Contributed by Marloes_Faber
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